In an interview with Mhanna Durra, a painter based in Jordan, he described the effects that political events in Palestine had on the practice of painting as, “People would paint a dove, and the dove would look like a frog… and they would call it my homeland”. This lecture performance by Samah Hijawi takes the duality embedded within the collapse of two creatures, two symbols -the dove and the frog- as an entry point to explore representation and symbols in politically engaged art. This piece will navigate through the absurdities that lie between utopia and reality, art and activism, and the transformation of image making into the production of symbols.
Year : 2017
Artistic direction/SIC Coach : Laurent Van Lanker.
Supported by Moussem
Supported by AM Qatan Foundation, Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre & Frans Masereel Centrum. A project developed in the framework of SIC.
Video link of the performance : https://vimeo.com/229880493
Detail of table : https://vimeo.com/285614278
website : https://www.samahhijawi.com/works.html